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2020 Aloxe-Corton

Domaine Follin-Arbelet
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Only four people work the vineyards full time at Domaine Follin-Arbelet in Aloxe-Corton, situated at the northern limit of the Côte-de-Beaune. Franck Follin’s son, Simon, who works alongside his father, says he’s grateful to have a small estate. In this way, they continue to optimize quality control, doing everything by hand and tending to their vines with care and attention to detail. This Aloxe-Corton blends two parcels of old vines and showcases their commitment to hard work and terroir expression. Wines from Aloxe have a reputation for more rusticity and concentration than you’d find farther south, but in the hands of the Follins, they’re charmingly finessed. 

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Aloxe-Corton
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Follin-Arbelet
Winemaker: Franck Follin
Vineyard: Planted in 1950s, 1969, .8 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Enjoys a long, slow élévage before being bottled unfined and unfiltered
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14%

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About The Region

Burgundy

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In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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